How to Cleanse Your Body Through Fasting
HOW TO CLEANSE YOUR BODY THROUGH FASTING

Most people take baths and showers to keep the outside of their bodies clean, but they do very little to keep the inside of their bodies clean. (Which is even more important.)

Even if you are following the cleanest diet and lifestyle, you will still be getting toxins in you due to the fact that there is so much pollution in the environment. But fortunately, there is a way to remove some of the toxins that have built up in your body over the years, and it's called "cleansing".

There are many different ways to cleanse the body, but the one that I feel is the most natural and the most effective is to simply go on a fast.



FASTING



When you go on a fast, you are giving your body a break from eating, and since so much of our daily energy goes to digesting the foods that we eat, you will have a lot more energy than normal during a fast.

And your body will use this extra energy to work on things that it normally doesn't have enough time or energy for, like healing old injuries and removing toxins that have built-up inside of you.

Our bodies have the "potential" to heal themselves of virtually anything, but if the inside of your body has become a highly toxic environment where disease can easily manifest and thrive due to years of unhealthy eating, fasting may be the best way to give your body a chance to truly work its magic.

The best analogy that I can use to describe fasting, is to image that a grocery store closed for a week, but all of the employees still showed up to work as usual.

That might sound crazy, because without customers the store would go out of business, but if there were no customers for a week, a lot of things could get done that there normally isn't time for.

Every inch of the store could be cleaned, all of the walls could be re-painted, all of the old electrical wiring could be taken out and replaced with faster and more energy efficient wiring that would save the store a lot of money each year, and when the week was over it would look like a brand-new store on the inside, and they could have a big "Grand Re-Opening".

The same thing happens on the inside of your body when you go on a fast. If there is no food to deal with for a time, your body won't simply take it easy and do nothing, and in its infinite wisdom it will work on the things that it normally isn't able to do because there is constantly new food entering the body that has to be digested, assimilated, and eliminated.



DIFFERENT TYPES OF FASTING



1. WATER FASTING

A "Water Fast" is when you only consume water for an extended period of time.

This is the most powerful form of fasting, but if you are new to fasting, I would encourage you to try one of the following milder forms of fasting first...


2. INTERMITTENT FASTING

An "Intermittent Fast" is when you still eat, but you only eat within a short window of time during the day.

An example of this would be if you only eat for 8 hours a day between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, and then for the other 16 hours of the day you don't eat.

We all know that "what" we eat is important, but "when" we eat can also be very important.

If I eat shortly before I go to sleep, I won't feel as rested when I wake up the next morning as I would if I stopped eating a few hours before I went to bed. And if I eat shortly after I wake up, I won't feel as energized as I would if I started my day with a walk on an empty stomach.


3. JUICE FASTING

A "Juice Fast" is when you only consume the juices from fruits and vegetables for an extended period of time.

I like to refer to fruit and vegetable juices as "Liquid Plumber" for the body, because they are powerful internal cleansers.

Juice fasting is one of the easiest forms of fasting, because even though you aren't eating, you are still drinking an enormous amount of vitamins and minerals and other nutrients. (You may even be consuming 10 times as much nutrition as you would in a normal day of eating!)

So if you go on a juice fast, you may find that you don't even feel hungry, because you are getting so much nourishment.

If you want to do a juice fast, I recommend that you make all of the juices yourself at home with a juice machine, and I don't recommend that you use bottled juices from grocery stores, because store-bought juices are usually pasteurized and can contain a lot of unhealthy and even toxic ingredients. (Which kind of defeats the purpose of doing a "de-tox".)

If you need some extra motivation to do a juice fast, I highly recommend watch the documentary "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" on YouTube.




6 SIGNS THAT YOU ARE TOXIC AND SHOULD FAST



Our bodies are in a constant state of "de-toxing" and "re-toxing", and they are designed to be able to handle a fair amount of toxins.

But if you are smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, drinking a case of beer every night, or eating unhealthy foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you are likely taking in toxins a lot faster than they can be eliminated, and if this continues, it will only be a matter of time until the toxic build-up results in a serious health problem such as lung cancer, liver cancer, or heart disease.

Below are 6 signs that your body is in a state of toxic overload...

1. YOUR URINE

If the inside of your body is toxic, your urine will be dark yellow and have a strong odor to it, and if you are healthy, your urine will be more clear and more odorless.

Whether you are consuming too many toxins, or you simply aren't consuming enough water to dilute them all, going on a fast and drinking plenty of water is a great way to re-hydrate your body and flush out some toxins.

The Ultimate Goal - Have urine that is almost as clear as the water you drink.

2. YOUR STOOL

What do newborn babies and animals in the wild have in common? Pretty much any time they eat a meal they have a bowel movement. (1 meal in = 1 meal out)

Having a bowel movement should be as easy and effortless for them as blinking an eye, but some people are so constipated that they will keep books in their bathroom, because of how long and difficult it is for them to have one.

If you eat a clean diet and your digestion is working optimally, the foods that enter your body will exit your body long before they have a chance to rot and putrefy. But if you eat an unhealthy diet and your digestion is slow and sluggish, the foods that you eat will start to rot when they are still inside of you and will smell rotten when they finally leave the body.

The Ultimate Goal - Have effortless and odorless bowl movements after breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

3. YOUR BODY ODOR

If the inside of your body is toxic, you will have strong body odor, and if the inside of your body is clean, you will not have any noticeable body odor. (It really is that simple.)

The Ultimate Goal - Never need or use deodorant again.

4. YOUR MOOD

If the inside of your body is toxic, it will affect your mood.

The more stress that your body is undergoing internally, the more easily you will get stressed out over your external surroundings, and once you have done enough internal cleansing, you will find that you simply don't get as irritated over little things like you used to.

The Ultimate Goal - Have a friendly aura.

5. YOUR SKIN

Your outer skin is a reflection of your inner health, and if you are prone to acne or similar skin issues, it means that your body is detoxing and trying to push something out of the body through the pores of your skin.

If eating certain foods always results in skin problems, then you already have a good idea of what foods you should eliminate from your diet.

There are literally millions of pores on our skin, so we were clearly designed to sweat, and my recommendation would be to sweat out toxins through regular exercise or by taking saunas, and to then replace the toxic sweat that you lose with clean water.

The Ultimate Goal - Have clear and glowing skin that people compliment you about.

6. YOUR HEALTH

Anyone who has ever had a pet cat or pet dog or who has ever raised farm animals, knows that an animal will stop eating if they are sick.

We naturally lose our appetites when we get sick, and the reason for this is that if our bodies are being attacked by a virus, it is trying to fight off the virus before it can spread and take over the rest of the body, and the last thing that it needs is to have to take energy away from defending itself just so it can digest another meal.

Unfortunately, a lot of people have been convinced that they should ignore this instinct to stop eating when they are sick, and that if they don't eat when they're sick their body will be too weak to fight off the virus.

So if you have been convinced that this is true and are fearful of fasting when when you are sick, I would just encourage you to eat clean and to not over-eat when you are sick, because if you eat badly when you are sick, you will be feeding the sickness far more than you will be feeding yourself.

The Ultimate Goal - Never get sick again.



WARNING



There is a good chance that if you go on a fast you will experience something that is known as a "Healing Crisis", which is when there are so many toxins being released through your body that you develop "sickness-like symptoms".

Your body has 7 organs that are designed to eliminate toxins (colon, kidneys, lungs, liver, blood, lymphatic system, and skin) and when massive amounts of toxins are being eliminated from the body, these 7 organs are going to be working a lot harder than normal, and when this happens the following symptoms can occur...

- You have to use the bathroom a lot more than normal.

- You feel weak and tired and want to stay in bed.

- You start to lose weight.

- You get really bad breath and body odor.

- You develop skin eruptions such as rashes, acne, and itching.

- You go through intense mood swings and feel more irritable.

- You feel old injuries start to flare up and hurt again.

- You feel cold in your hands and feet.

- You develop flu-like symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, and fever.

- You develop a temporary white coating on your tongue.

- You feel dizzy upon standing up.

These symptoms may give you the impression that something is wrong, but in most cases, they are actually a sign that your body is "cleaning house", and these symptoms will pass once the detox is over.

Because we all come from different backgrounds, everyone's detox will be different (some will be mild, while others could get intense) and as great as fasting can be, there are certain people who shouldn't fast.

People who shouldn't fast include babies, women who are pregnant, people who are on medications which need to be taken with food, people who are suffering from nutritional deficiencies, and people who simply don't have a really good reason to do a fast at this point in their life.



6 TIPS FOR FASTING



1. FAST FROM MORE THAN JUST FOOD

Not only will you not get as much out of a fast if you spend it watching television or surfing the internet, but you will also be getting exposed to images of food. (Which will make being on a fast feel more difficult.) So try to avoid distractions from the outside world when you fast and try to stay focused on how you feel on the inside.

I would also encourage you to take it easy during your fast, and to spend as much time in bed as possible. Definitely don't go to work or go work-out at the gym if you only going to be consuming water, and try to avoid spending any unnecessary energy on unnecessary things when you fast, so that the maximum amount of energy can go towards healing.



2. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Although you can technically fast anywhere in the world, if you try to fast at home and you live with people who will be cooking food that you can smell, or who don't understand fasting and will try to pressure you to eat something with them, it will be similar to a recovering alcoholic going into a bar with the intentions of just drinking water.

I have done many fasts over the years, and my best fasting experience ever was when I fasted in "Costa Rica", because I had warm weather, clean air, beautiful natural scenery, and I was with people who understood fasting and were there to help me fast.

Please go out of your way to find a location to fast where you will have all of the comfort and support that you will need to have the biggest rest you've ever had.




3. PREPARING MENTALLY FOR THE FAST

We have all been conditioned to eat when we're happy, eat when we're sad, eat when we're being entertained, eat when we're board, eat when we're with people, eat when we feel lonely, etc, etc, etc...

Being conditioned to eat as an emotional reflex to everything that happens in life, makes the idea of fasting seem a lot more challenging than it really is.

Back when I younger, I actually believed that I was "starving" if I ate my lunch an hour or two later than normal, but now-a-days if I were to find myself in a situation where I was going to have to go an entire week without eating, I would simply look at it as a "fast" and enjoy the experience.

If you want to do a water only fast, something important that you should know ahead of time is that if you only consume water for 3 days in a row, your body will start to rely on stored body fat that it has been saving in case of a food shortage, and once this happens you will no longer feel hungry, because your body will be getting plenty of nourishment from the stored body fat.

Any time that I've ever fasted, I lost ALL feelings of hunger on day 2 or 3, and I want to say that it is actually quite liberating to no longer crave or think about food.

But in order to reach this point in a fast where you no longer feel hungry, you must refrain from eating or drinking ANYTHING other than plane water for a few days, because even a small snack or even just a glass of water that has an added sweetener in it will "break the fast" and result in hunger getting stronger rather than going away.

And although everyone has a limited supply of body fat, even people who would be classified as "thin" will usually have enough body fat on them that they could go on a fast for almost a month before they truly started to "starve", and a person who is "overweight" could of course go even longer.

In fact, in 1965 an overweight man named "Angus Barbieri" stopped eating for over a year and during that time he only consumed water and some nutritional supplements, and not only did he survive, but he lost 275 pounds / 125 kilos / 17 stones!)

I don't recommend that anyone to attempt to live that long without food, but what I do recommend is you understand that the word "starving" gets used almost exclusively in exaggerative and sarcastic statements.

If you ever go on an intentional fast, just know that you aren't going to "starve" due to avoiding food for a brief time, and if you ever find yourself in an unintentional fast (like a local food shortage) just know that going 2 or 3 days without food won't mean that if you don't turn cannibal you are going to starve to death.

And finally, please understand that you and your body might have totally different agendas.

For example, if you go on a fast you may be wanting external results that you can see when you look in the mirror (like looking thinner, looking younger, or getting rid of acne) while your body may be far more concerned with fixing internal problems that are far more serious and less noticeable in the mirror.

So during your fast I encourage you to "let go", and to trust that your body will focus on doing the things that are the most important.



4. SEEK SUPERVISION

To be on the safe side, I recommend that you see a doctor before doing a fast, just to make sure that there are no medical reasons that you shouldn't fast, and I would also recommend that you do your fast under the supervision of a professional.

Fasting is natural, and millions of people do it every year, but because everyone's detox is going to be different, I highly recommend that you fast under the supervision of someone who has successfully helped thousands of other people fast.



5. NO CONTEST!

When fasting becomes a contest, it is no longer about health.

I recommend that you listen to your body and fast for however long it feels right to, and to never push yourself to keep fasting just so you can tell people that you fasted for ____ days, or that you lost ____ pounds.



6. END THE FAST CAREFULLY

- Make sure that you end your fast gently

The reason that the first meal of the day is called "breakfast" is because while you are sleeping you are technically fasting, and therefore the first meal that you eat each morning will "break the fast".

But for fasts that last a lot longer than overnight, you need to be careful about how you "break the fast".

During a fast, your stomach will shrink, and your metabolism will slow way down as well, so it's important that you reintroduce food to your body slowly.

The first meal that you eat after a long fast should be a small (and preferably juicy fruit like watermelon) and each meal after that should get a little bit bigger until you can comfortably eat a normal size meal.

- Make sure that you chew your food well

Keep in mind that digestion begins in the mouth when the food that you eat gets broken down with your teeth and coated with saliva that contains digestive enzymes, so make it a point to chew your food very thoroughly.

- Make sure that you eat healthier than you used to

The benefits of fasting will be very short lived, if once your fast is over you go right back to the same way of eating that made your body sick or overweight in the first place.

Fasting can help give you the gift of a new and improved body, but it is ultimately up to you to keep it that way by taking care of it.



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